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FGN27 CHINA-RUSSIA-LAVROV Lavrov in China for talks as Beijing, Moscow seek to cement ties against US firm policy push Beijing: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived in China on Monday for talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi as the two countries stepped up efforts to cement their close ties to counter the Biden administration's plan to pursue a tough policy towards them on a host of issues including human rights violations. By K J M Varma FGN38 LANKA-UNHRC Vote on resolution against Sri Lanka at UNHRC postponed to Tuesday Colombo: The vote on a critical resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva has been postponed to Tuesday, as Colombo stepped up efforts to garner international support ahead of the voting which is being seen as an acid test for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

FGN32 CHINA-INDIA-STUDENTS Closely following up with China on plight of Indian students: Indian Embassy Beijing: The Indian Embassy here on Monday said it is closely following up with the Chinese authorities about the concerns of thousands of Indian students who are stuck back home and unable to return to China to re-join their universities due to COVID-19 restrictions imposed by Beijing. By K J M Varma FGN29 VIRUS-BHUTAN-MODI-LD VACCINE Bhutan PM thanks Modi for gift of additional 4,00,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine Thimphu: Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering on Monday expressed gratitude to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for making the nationwide rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in the Himalayan nation possible, as it received a gift of additional 400,000 doses of Covishield from India.

FGN17 VIRUS-ASTRAZENECA-2NDLD STUDY Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs effective against severe Covid, new trial in US confirms London: A large trial in the US and two South American countries of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has shown 79 per cent efficacy rate at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 and 100 per cent effectiveness in stopping severe disease and hospitalisation, the biotech firm said on Monday. By Aditi Khanna FGN28 PAK-LD GILANI Pakistan's former premier Gilani challenges results of Senate chairman election in high court Islamabad: Pakistan's former prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Monday challenged the results of the Senate chairman election in a high court here, more than a week after he lost in the keenly-fought contest. By Sajjad Hussain FGN31 UK-PROTEST-LD POLICE 7 arrests for violent protests after UK police come under attack in Bristol London: Police in the south-west England city of Bristol said on Monday that overnight seven arrests were made for violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon and a full investigation is now underway after its officers came under attack on Sunday when a rally against plans to increase policing powers for dealing with protests turned violent. By Aditi Khanna FGN20 US-TRUMP-SOCIAL MEDIA Trump to make big social media comeback with own platform: Advisor Washington: Donald Trump, who is banned from Twitter and Facebook, will make a major comeback on social media in probably about two or three months but this time with his own online platform, according to the former US president's political advisor.